The Dr Lyon Best of Northwest $1000 Purchase Award species choice for 2013 will be the Red Crossbill
The Bob and Doris O'Neill $1000 Best of Washington Backyard Birds Award species choice will be the Cedar Waxwing (height not to exceed 16 inches)
2012 Show Results
View the 2012 Results
Friday, September 13
- Show setup and registration of entries
- Entry Registration
- Carvers get together reception
Saturday, September 14
- Children's art workshop--Coloring for the very young, painting of songbird silhouettes for the next age group.
We extend a warm welcome and a cordial invitation to attend our 26th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Competition on September 14 and 15, 2013. Join us for the fun.
The show will again be held in the beautiful Water Resources Education Center on the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. This facility has every amenity that an art show focusing on wildlife sculpture could ask for.
This year, Mini Pintail Hen Decoys will be judged and traded Sunday afternoon. Carve a 6” Pintail Hen and join the fun.
If you enter the IWCA Divisions and are a member of IWCA, you will be eligible for IWCA National Events such as the Championship contests. Check the IWCA rules here or contact JoAnne Watson at (360)736-1082 FREE (360)880-3350.
by Donald Baiar
The 25th Silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show wowed the crowds viewing the carvings displayed in our largest show ever with 98 artists and significantly more carvings that ever before. The City owned Water Resources Education Center, the picture perfect taylor made venue for our show, draws competitive carvers and awed guests from far and near to view the best display of exquisitely carved Birds, Mammals, Decoys and Fish in the Northwest. The Feather and Quill Carvers extend appreciation to the many out of town carvers and IWCA board members who held their annual meeting again at the Center on Thursday. Their help was crucial to the success of the CFWS. The weather as usual was perfect for floating our large slate of IWCA Style and Working Decoys in the beautiful entrance fountain pond on Saturday and the increasing popular contest on Sunday, the 6” Mini Canvasback floating decoy trade event where everyone gets to take home someone else’s bird. The three judges took almost an hour to decide on the top 3 out of the 17 entries with Gary DeCew Ist, Don Baiar 2nd, and Jerry Harris 3rd. BEST OF SHOW was deservedly awarded to Michael Buelna for a remarkable Bench carving of a Sea Turtle. Michael also presented a Sunday Afternoon bonus workshop on creating faux marble in bases as seen on his BOS carving. Two other demonstrations were presented on Saturday and Sunday morning by Byrn Watson on making Canvas Decoys and by featured carver Anthony Donato on “Reference tools for Success.
Special Awards were given by the Audubon team to Peter Kaune for a stunning Pyrrhuloxia. Ducks Unlimited chose Anthony Donato’s beautiful Widgeon drake and the Sportswriter’s Award was bagged by Michael Buelna’s unique wall hanging Rooster fish. Vancouver’s and Ridgefield’s Mayors’ Awards went to Brad Snodgrass’s ornate Baikal Teal and Novice carver Timeri Hansen’s Burrowing Owls. Saturday’s People’s Choice Award was earned by Debbie Van Vliet for an entrancing Chickadee pair and Tom Newell picked up a trio of awards with Sunday People’s Choice the Chairman’s Award and the coveted Carver’s Choice Award for a wonderful frog stalking American Bittern
The weather was once again perfect and all had a great time at our sold out Banquet that beat all past banquets for elegance, quality, and service. So put September 14 and 15, on your calendar for next year and plan to visit and compete at the CFWS. A Great time is guaranteed. Next year our two $1000 Purchase Awards species are the Cedar Waxwing and the Red Crossbill. Our six inch Decoy trade species will be the Pintail hen.
For all rules, info and photos please visit our website: columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.
Anthony Donato, Fresno, California
Introduced to the outdoors at an early age by his father, Anthony developed an interest in waterfowl and hunting. He began carving decoys later in life when he became inspired by the great work of Dennis Schroeder and wanted to give it a try.
He started attending shows in 1997 and has been hooked ever since. He attributes some of his success from critiques and learning techniques from fellow carving friends he has met over the years. His work has won Best of Show and has gained the interest of collectors from around the country. He still feels he has not reached his peak. The best is yet to come!
Anthony is the operations manager for two radio stations and resides in Fresno, California with his wife and daughter.
The 2012 Feather & Quill Purchase Award is the Raffle Prize for 2012. Tickets can be purchased for this beautiful Long-tailed duck drake carved by Jerry Harris of Dallas, Oregon. Tickets are available now by mail and will be sold on the show weekend. The drawing will be held Sunday at 3:30 pm.
Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10. You need not be present to win.
Mail your request and check to:
1117 NE 124th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98684
Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp
On display in the Water Resources Center October and
Age 13, Vancouver, WA